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Join our Holiday Food Drives at the Amoeba Hollywood & SF Stores

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 20, 2016 06:49pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba's Hollywood and San Francisco stores are partnering with local food banks this holiday season. Please join us and make a difference!

Amoeba Hollywood
Donate $3 or more to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank at checkout at Amoeba Hollywood November 26th -- December 8th and receive a $5 Amoeba gift certificate valid on your next visit. Vouchers will be available at the Info Counter and near the front of the store, where we’ll also be accepting canned food. (Limit two vouchers per customer.)

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank feeds more than half a million people each month—12% of those are over the age of 65, and 25% are kids under 18. Please help us in any way that you can to feed the hungry this holiday season

The most needed foods requested by The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank are canned fruit, cereal, dry pasta, canned meats, rice, peanut butter, canned vegetables, and tuna.

Amoeba San Francisco
Donate nonperishable food items to the SF-Marin Food Bank from November 25th -- December 21st at Amoeba SF and receive a coupon for $5 off your purchase of $25 or more in store and 10% off on Amoeba.com! Please bring your donations to the Info Counter where you will receive your coupon. Or you can donate cash directly to the SF-Marin Food Bank HERE.

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The Witch: A New England Folktale and Why You Need to Own It on DVD or Blu-ray

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 20, 2016 04:49pm | Post a Comment

The Witch

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Did you ever try to hex your Algebra II teacher in high school the night before the final? Have you The Witchwatched the "Salem Witches" episode of In Search Of while sipping red wine from a black Madonna Inn goblet? Is your email password Pyewacket13? If your answer is yes to any of these and you have not yet seen The Witch: A New England Folktale (out now on DVD & Blu-ray), see it. If your answer is no but supernatural historical period horror films are your “jam,” see it.

Normally, I’m more into old school witch flicks, like City of the Dead (1960), Night of the Eagle (1962), and The Witches (1966), but The Witch is well done…just like my King Henry VIII steak at the House of Prime Rib. By the beard of Black Phillip the billy goat, when you watch this you will soon find yourself in an eerie trance in front of your boob-tube, being pulled into the dark and mysterious New England woods in the 17th century. If M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village (2004) and Avery Crounse's Eyes of Fire (1983) had a new little baby sister, it would be The Witch. (Eyes of Fire, if you can find on VHS somewhere, is totally spooksville too! View the trailer HERE.)

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SF Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents, December 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 14, 2016 04:49pm | Post a Comment

SF Silent Film Festival Day of Silents

Launch into the holiday season with San Francisco Silent Film Festival's event A Day of Silents on Saturday, December 3rd at the glorious Castro Theatre. In one epic day, the SFSFF offers six amazing programs with live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra and Donald Sosin!

The silent hits just keep coming as the day kicks off at 10am with a program of Charlie Chaplin shorts Charlie Chaplinmade with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in 1915. Then at 12:15pm, Ernst Lubitsch’s 1926 comedy So This Is Paris roars across the screen to live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin. Sergei Eisenstein’s first full-length feature, Strike (1925), screens at 2:15pm with Alloy Orchestra providing powerful musical accompaniment. At 4:45pm, catch Different From the Others (1919), possibly the oldest surviving film with a homosexual protagonist, which has been restored by the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Josef von Sternberg’s The Last Command (1928), about an exiled Russian general who "goes Hollywood," plays at 7pm with music by Alloy Orchestra. The last film of the night brings Gloria Swanson to the screen for Sadie Thompson, the 1928 drama about a San Franciscan prostitute on the island of Pago Pago, at 9:15pm.

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2016: Year of the Listening Party at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 13, 2016 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Listening Parties at Amoeba San Francisco

By Brent James

Although Amoeba Music is known for the hot live acts that grace the stages in all three brick and mortar store locations, our listening parties are quickly gaining momentum in popularity and rivaling their cousins, the artist signings, in both attendance and presentation.

This year has seen the most listening party events ever in the San Francisco store, each one bringing an ever-growing number of people out and escalating in production. The idea is nothing new; in fact, the very concept recalls "sock hops" and "pizza/record parties" of the '50s and '60s -- the heyday of vinyl records. And in this digital age, where one can listen to anything they want, WHEN they want, it's refreshing to see people come in and hear something for the first time with their peers.

They sit and discuss the record, and compare notes. "I like coming to the parties because I get to meet new people, and there's cookies," says Amoeba customer Christine LaBianca, who has attended the last SIX Amoeba SF listening party events!

Delicious treats are just the literal icing on the (Tame Impala) cake. The parties are usually also accompanied by fabulous contests with even more amazing prizes. Special limited releases are sometimes also available. During the Twin Peaks and Stranger Things soirees, guests had first crack at vinyl versions of the soundtrack. 

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Couple Have Ultimate American Horror Story Wedding

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2016 06:27pm | Post a Comment
American Horror Story wedding, Naomi Grossman
From left to right: Jordan Rodarte, Naomi "Pepper"
Grossman, and Michael Scola.

By Brent James
Photos: The Darlene


Horror fans from all over are singing the praises of Michael Scola and Jordan Rodarte since they threw an American Horror Story-themed wedding of a lifetime on October 29th in Los Angeles, California.

Being huge fans of AHS in general, especially Season Five: Hotel, we're happy to report that no detail was American Horror Story weddingspared at this grand event. Hosted in Downtown LA's Oviatt Penthouse, the facade of which was actually used in the show as Hotel Cortez, guests came decked out in their best 1920's garb. The invitations were gold-plated and engraved in the same font as the show's credits, and there was even an Art Deco wedding cake! The vows were officiated by world renowned Madonna impersonator, Nadya Ginsburg, (Michael is a BIG fan of M) and the rings were presented by "Pepper" actress herself, Naomi Grossman!

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